Easy & Easier: DIY Photo Ornaments

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

Keep loved ones close this holiday season with these DIY ornaments. Ribbons and sewing trims become tree trimmings with the addition of your favorite snapshots — from this year’s family portrait to an heirloom photo. Read on for more creative ideas on how to make these your own.

Get the full tutorial after the jump …

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... 2   COMMENTS

Perfect Cocktail Party Playlist

By Brandy Brown of Marabou, a member of the Minted Design Community

In most, if not all, types of merrymaking, entertainment usually plays a big part. If you are organizing an event and your plans do not include hiring a DJ, and the thought of adding tasks to an  already packed schedule borders on the ridiculous? Don’t fret!  You can set the tone and provide a magical atmosphere with this all-purpose musical selection. Compiled is a variety of mingle ready melodies guaranteed to pull even the shyest of wallflowers out of their shell! Just remember, in order to encourage & maintain conversation between guests set the volume at a festive level. The Perfect Party Playlist is both crowd pleasing and danceable! Enjoy!

Total Time: 1 hr
Listen to it here

top image via here

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... 6   COMMENTS

Easy Ball Garland

By Jenny Batt of Hank + Hunt

I like to stroll down the floral pick aisles this time of year. They are full of pre-glittered wonders and as a gal who has worked alot with glitter, I know it is a messy craft. When it is already attached to my object of choice, I get really excited. These ball picks were at my local hobby store and I had to snatch them up. First, they were on sale for half off and second At 99 cents regular price, it was considerable cheaper than the ornament versions of this rectangular glitter style I have seen elsewhere. Less than a dollar a pop always means I will make a garland out of it, especially if it is in my favorite holiday palette.

Let’s get started with supplies …

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... 3   COMMENTS

DIY Modern Christmas Fairy Lights

By Rachael Smith of Penelope & Pip

I love walking along the street in our shopping district at Christmas as there are so many amazing Christmas displays in the windows. This year however, I’ve noticed there is not a lot of the traditional red, white and green colours schemes we are used to seeing in decorations for the holiday season.

This inspired me to create a modern take on the tree lights we usually hang, using hot pink and blue, instead of red and green, with a cool geometric pattern of course, to really bring some colourful festive cheer into our home, just like the gorgeous shop windows we love. This is a true five minute DIY which will transform your tree beautifully.

Lets get started with supplies …

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... 4   COMMENTS

Ribbon & Wrap Guide

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

Perfect packaging makes a great gift even better. Here are my favorite gift wrapping finds from around the web.

1. Peace, Love and Joy Gift Tags, Minted
2. Holiday Greens Wrapping Sheets, Rifle Paper Co.
3. Confetti Garland in Endive, Spring Green, and Blush from Kristina Marie
4. Washi Tape in Gold Stripe and Solid Gold, Minted
5. Gold Glitter Gift Boxes, Paper Source
6. Hang Tags with Eyelets in Chartreuse and Moss, Paper Source
7. Gold Glitter Bow, The Container Store
8. Gift Boxes Wrap in Neon, Fig, 2 Design Studio
9. Herringbone Wrapping Paper, Anthropologie
10. Etoile Velvet Ribbon in Green, Anthropologie

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... 4   COMMENTS

Cozy Pom-Pom Garland

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

As the temperatures start to drop this month, projects involving a cozy bundle of yarn start to sound like just the ticket. Even if you don’t knit or crochet, you can still get in on the fun. Make this easy pom-pom garland in an afternoon and enjoy it all winter long.

Let’s get started with supplies…

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... 18   COMMENTS

Felt Triangle Garland

By Alison Faulkner of The Allison Show

There’s nothing I love more than a good garland! Especially one that is quick, easy and versatile. I wanted to add some color to my tree this year, so I spent the afternoon whipping these up! They also look great on a mantle or wrapped around a gift.

Let’s get started with supplies …

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... 3   COMMENTS